Ferrari Announces Turbo V8 GTC4 Lusso T, Tesla Files Lawsuit to End Direct Auto Sales Ban, and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Includes Diesel Engine in Line-up – This Week in Automotive News
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Announced
On Thursday and ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari announced details on its newest version the GTC4 Lusso – The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T. The GTC4 Lusso T features a 3.9 litre, V8 turbocharged engine, putting up 602 horsepower. It is the first four-seater to sport a V8, and will be rear-wheel drive. The FF version has a V12 and is four-wheel drive.
Read more on the Ferarri GTC4 Lusso.
Tesla Turns Up the Heat to End Michigan’s Ban on Direct Auto Sales
Tesla is challenging a Michigan bill from 2014 that effectively banned Tesla from selling directly to consumers. The manufacturer filed its first federal lawsuit this week in the home state of Ford and General Motors. The lawsuit follows Tesla’s rejected bid to become a “Class A” licensed vehicle dealer in Michigan and an application to register a vehicle repair facility in the state. All US states have laws that prohibit automakers from competing directly with franchises. Tesla previously argued that because Tesla vehicles are only available online and through branded stores, they will not directly compete with a Tesla franchise dealership, as Tesla does not offer franchises under their current business model. The 2014 Michigan bill requires that all new cars sales be conducted exclusively through franchised dealers. Tesla’s lawsuit argues that the state of Michigan’s ban on direct auto sales “violates the Due Process, Equal Protection, and Commerce Clauses of the Constitution.”
Details on the Turbocharged 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Announced, Including Diesel Engine in Line-up
Details regarding the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox were also announced on Thursday. The Equinox is offering three powertrains: The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engines, and a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel. The 2.0 is to be matched with GM’s new 9-speed automatic transmission, enhancing vehicle efficiency. The 1.6 turbo-diesel should get around 40 mpg on average.
With an emphasis on safety features as well, the Equinox will offer the following new safety features:
- New Safety Alert Seat
- New Surround Vision
- New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
- New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- New Rear Seat Reminder
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- IntelliBeam Headlamps
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will roll out to dealerships in the first quarter of 2017.